When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.
©2008 Reg Keeland; (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd
Fantastic. Loved all three in the series. At roughly 20 hours each, it seemed daunting. Not at all. The time flew by and I felt lost when the last one ended. The narrator was superb and played a large part in my enjoyment. The production quality was excellent, with very few instances when a new take was obvious. Money very well spent.
While it was a very good story and nicely narrated it was unfortunate that the split of the 3 parts where not given much consideration. I found it disturbing that the split was in a middle of a chapter and at the end of the last part there was a voice telling me "please turn the tape over". If these small but important details would be taken care of I would have given it a 5.
I'm a happy homeschool mama of 4 little kids ages 8 to 2 yrs.
I couldn't even finish it. I hear it has a great plot and gets quicker towards the end (it's slow in the beginning) but I couldn't get that far with all the sexually explict assaults etc.
Better to read than to listen...maybe. Many characters, many lengthy descriptions that may not be key to the plot, the characters or the story line may be distracting to the audio version. i am currently reading the second book in print form to compare the experience. There is no doubt that the main character is compelling, the reader brilliant, the plot interesting, but it is not the 5/5 that I expected it to be. Cut it in half!
So many great books, and so little time to meet them all..this is why I adore audio books, I take them with me everywhere: studio, garden etc.
Based on the reviews that I read I was looking forward to this book and whilst it was enjoyable enough I felt at the end that the whole thing was just slightly off key, and I won't be listening to it again. I did not feel that any of the characters really achieved their potential under the writer's hand although they came closest in the Lisbet character. The 'baddies' were just too bad, too black and white and I felt too, that the violence, grotesque as it was, was perhaps just a tad calculated to shock the reader.
Perhaps Larsson's style lost something in the translation, but I found that the language was pretty wooden as if he was just churning through and trying to get the story told without much consideration for style. The narrator was just fine and I would be happy to listen to him again, but not in a Larsson novel...
Initially this book was a bit difficult to settle with. The characters seemed a bit over the top along with the sadistic elements. The narrator's voice was also a little off putting, somewhat clipped and providing a swedish uncle with a bluff englishman's vocal tones but by the end I was cheering the the main character and keen to hear the next installment. Worth persevering!
Quality was excellent. Very easy to listen to.
I can see why this book has been popular. The characters and the plot are interesting. The Scandinavian flavor is nice too, if you're from North America and not used to it. The narration is "okay," but not great. I grew tired of the main character's endless and improbably sexual exploits, however, and they started to detract from the quality of the novel. It's not that the sex is graphic, because it is not. It's just so endless...
This is an enjoyable read, and the narrator is fantastic.
The book is charmingly Scandinavian - lots of snow, endless coffee, and liberal socialist attitudes - but boy could it do with some decent editorial input! The pointless back stories about completely irrelevant characters, the family trees tediously detailed... there would have been a lot of skimming in hard copy.
"A different form of entertainment."
enthralling, quirky and thrilling
Lisbeth Salander, who is such a different main character. Funny, dangerous and relentless all rolled into one.
The main difference I found is the voices/accents used for the different characters. I don't tend to do this when reading to myself.
A stunning thriller! Intelligent, complex and with a gripping plot line.
Having read the book and seen both movie versions, I didn't really know what to expect. It took a while to get used to someone reading a book to me, but was then hooked.
"Despite the hype, a really good book!"
Mostly good performance. Sometimes voices got a little confused, and loathed the Australian accents.
Way better and more insightful than the movie. (Hardly a surprise!)
A long book that kept me interested from start to finish
I liked all of them but Salender is my favourite
Probably my favourite audiobook
Since my father read the Jungle book to ages 5 I have loved listening to a good story.I am listening for a second time just as good if not better
"Couldn't stop listening"
Yes I would listen again and I will - the narrator loves this story and passes on his enthusiasm with the way he acts each of the parts.
"Girl with the Dragon Tattoo-not bad but not brill"
Not sure it's was confusing that author kept referring to characters by their surname would have been easier to identify character by their christian name, also was disappointed by ending
Ok most characters could be identified but others weren't
Identify characters by Christian name would makes listening to book easier to follow
"Sublime Scandinavian Noir Thriller"
I'm a multi-tasker and have to drive long distances. Driving and 'reading' at the same time; fantastic.
The single mindedness of the damaged female protagonist was so well written, at no point did it fall into cliche. I've never read a more honest female character written by a man.
The narration was the only thing that let it down a little. I chose this version because it was unabridged, but the narrator while clear, was a little staccato. As an Australian, his impersonation of an 'Australian accent' for Harriet bordered on offensive; a caricatured Aussie accent you'd struggle to find in Australia past the 1950's and in comedians 'taking the piss' out of working class people.
It is akin to an American voicing a Prince Charles Character with Sir Alan Sugar's accent...because that's a 'British accent' right?!
The sexual violence overtones of the book were important and compelling; the theme of the Salander character being perceived as weak by her perpetrator because of her physical size and her unwanted dependence on guardianship because she doesn't fit the the social 'norm' is something many people can relate to. The admission of the extent of the abuse of women in such a relatively equitable society as Sweden was brave, particularly again, by a male author.
Loved it! Can't wait to 'read-while-driving' the rest of the series!
"This was a bit gory"
Haunting, depraved, sad.
A little less minute detail as to clothing of the girl - I don't know why - I found that a bit spooky.
I enjoyed the mood of the girl but no particular scene. I found myself wishing desperately that she'd cut back on her cigarettes (and enjoy a little fresh air and exercise)...
I was a bit gutted when she did something at the end but I'd better not say what as it would be a "spoiler".
I only bought this because it was on the three for the price of two offers. I prefer "fact" to total fiction.
I loved the story but it began to feel a bit sexist at times. Maybe I'm a prude but the author seemed to go in for quite a bit of detail about clothing and then the sex acts and violence got a bit much.
Just utterly compelling
I've tried to look and compare Stieg Larsson buy you just can't. He was in a league of his own
The rest of "the girl who....." Trilogy
The Daniel Craig version of this film is not bad and keeps fairly true to the book.
A better description of book.Better narrator.
I would have a much better story line.Or at least something happening.
Big waist of credit.
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